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Waynesboro takes win over Goretti in stride

March 23, 1997

By CURT HORNBECKER

Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - It was a little chilly Saturday afternoon to go for a walk, but it was exactly what the Waynesboro baseball team needed.

Trailing by a run entering the seventh inning, the Indians took advantage of four walks and three base hits, rallying for five runs to beat St. Maria Goretti, 9-6, and claim the Bob Walck Invitational Baseball Tournament championship.

Shippensburg outslugged James Buchanan for a 10-8 victory in the consolation game.

"We ran out of arms," said St. Maria coach Mike Montedoro, whose Gaels defeated James Buchanan earlier in the day to earn a berth in the championship game. "We had trouble finding the plate (in the seventh inning). We were concerned coming into the tournament about how our arms would last."

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Adam Helman walked to open the Indians' seventh, but was cut down after over-running second on Travis Hardman's bunt single. Dave McEntire walked to put runners on first and second before Regan Smith's booming triple to right field gave Waynesboro (2-0) a 6-5 lead. After two more walks and a wild pitch, Matt Caron smacked a two-run single to cap the rally.

"It was some ugly baseball," said Indians coach Greg Chandler. "We made some baserunning mistakes and made some errors in the field. We pride ourselves on playing good, fundamental baseball, but we didn't show that today.

"At the same time, though, I have to give the kids some credit. They battled back and scored a few runs in the seventh to put us back in the lead."

With the score tied entering the sixth, Troy Mong - who relieved starter Rob Warren on the mound in the fourth inning to get the win - opened with a double and moved to third on an error. After a strikeout and a pop-out, Waynesboro's Mike DeDona singled to right to give the Indians a 4-3 lead.

But the Gaels reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Kabby Everly reached on an error and moved to second on a Jamie Rice single. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third with two outs before David Kolsun belted a two-run single to give Goretti a 5-4 lead.

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